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Gallery of A Brief, Interesting History of the Otis Elevator Company - 2


New York circa 1912. "West Street (11th Avenue) north from 26th, view of Hudson River." As well as the Chelsea Piers and fluttering banner atop the Otis Elevator building.

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Nurse & orderly rushing patient to elevator 1971 Otis Elevator Company Print Ad


In 1857, the Otis Elevator Company installed the first steam powered elevator in a five story department store in Manhattan. In 1852, Elisha Otis invented the safety elevator which had a reliable emergency braking system.

The Escalator: Charles Seeberger, together with the Otis Elevator Company produced the first commercial escalator in 1899 at the Otis factory in Yonkers, N.Y. The Seeberger-Otis wooden escalator won first prize at the Paris 1900 Exposition Universelle in France. Jesse Reno's Coney Island ride success briefly made Jesse Reno into "the" escalator designer and he founded the Reno Electric Stairways and Conveyors company in 1902.


Elisha Graves Otis (1811-1861) was the founder of the Otis Elevator Company, and inventor of a safety device that prevents elevators from falling if the hoisting cable fails.